Q: I took my 04 GMC Envoy to better brakes for less as I needed to have it pass smog and the check engine light was on. They said I n

asked by on

I was trying to pass smog. The check engine light was on. They gave me 2 codes that had to be fixed before getting smog test.. po455 & po526. We 2 weeks earlier drove this car from Las Vegas Nevada. With air on and 2 days of driving. No over heating no problem. Better brakes 4 less is right next to smog place they advertise fixing this problem as well. They charged me 871.67 to change a fan clutch. We had to pick up at closing . Radiator leaking . He said my radiator was fragile . I need to replace it soon. I can't even get it anywhere as it holds no fluid now. What do I do about being completely being ripped off and fixing my car?

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Inasmuch as YourMechanic is mobile, you need not bring the car anywhere as the certified mechanic will come to you and take care of the radiator replacement. If you desire mobile replacement, please simply use YourMechanic’s radiator replacement service page. Once on that page, please click on "Get a Quote" and enter your vehicle information (year, make, model). With regard to the fan clutch if the fan clutch was literally the ONLY part replaced and no other parts or services were included in your bill, you would have saved roughly $300 if you had hired a mobile Mechanic through YourMechanic to procure and install a new fan clutch. Your broader, but very fundamental, question of how to "avoid being ripped off" would require an encyclopedic response and even that would be incomplete. Very, very briefly though, you are likely to save a substantial sum if you use certified mechanics from YourMechanic but, as important, with YourMechanic you are dealing personally with one mechanic and not an assembly line operation at a shop with huge overhead, so you can actually get better results and get your unique concerns better addressed. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you with issues that arise involving your car.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. I took my 04 GMC Envoy to better brakes for less as I needed to have it pass smog and the check engine light was on. They said I n

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Why do my interior lights dim when stopping and car intermittently shuts off at stop light. 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Hello. This can be caused by a number of things. Most of the time if this only occurs when coming to a stop it is because the computer is not maintaining a high enough idle. This can occur because of...

Q: Car starts fine every time then instantly begins dying although it tries to keep running and rev back up. Dies in less than 10 sec

There are a number of things that may cause the vehicle to stall while driving. This can happen for any number of reasons such as fuel supply issues such as a bad fuel pump, vacuum leaks, electrical faults or various...

Q: Blew bunch white smoke and radiator drained

White smoke and water out of the exhaust can be caused by either the intake of head gaskets. The intake will have to be removed whether to replace the intake gasket or the head gaskets so it will be part...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.